I’ve given some thought to the issues relating to the Trump candidacy for President, and the way groups and individuals are addressing them.  It seems piecemeal, and ineffective and even counterproductive, especially when it involves giving Trump more media time.  Here are some concerns that are “focus points” that are being used by groups and individuals who CAN and WILL oppose Trump. However, unless there is coordination and emphasis on those that “resonate” most, much of this will dissipate in the “media circus” that swirls around during the post-convention period—August to November.

The IMMEDIATE  DANGER posed by Trump’s actions:

First and foremost, he has already, in his march to the LEADERSHIP of the Republican Party, lowered its moral, ethical and social standards: How? Their support implicitly results in approval of what Trump stands for.
The standards of TRUTH–his LIES, “called by him and his followers “flexibility” make anything he “promises” immediately questionable.

His view that anything HE likes is acceptable, but his supporters must never question it, reeks of “authoritarianism,” (and other ‘isms as well).

He encourages bigotry by his various rants:
Anti-immigration and immigrant
Anti-minorities (and accepting of “white supremacists, KKK, etc.)
Anti-Muslim religionists–(antagonizes 1.5 billion people, most of whom are committed to peace, not understanding the consequences are immeasurably worse than asking for their help to identify the relatively few terrorists among them)
Anti-peaceful protest–(“throw ’em out,” etc.)
Anti-disabled persons (deriding their disabilities)
Anti-POW veterans (for having been captured)
Automatic anti-anyone who disagrees with him or criticizes him, or points to his “behavior”

Anti-women-THIS IS ESPECIALLY SERIOUS–why, what causes it, does he “fear,” or “despise,” or “what else might it be–early rejection, etc.?

Anti-black action–suggesting the citizenship of the President of the US was a criminal plot initiated 40 years earlier by the parents.

Other issues are his association with known mafia members, his four bankruptcies, his involvement in swindling hundreds of students of TRUMP UNIVERSITY,  his use and abuse of immigration laws in his construction businesses, his abuse of employees, his involvement and employment of “questionable persons” such as suggesting assassination of a President of the US.

FINALLY, The use of TERRORISM as a “scare tactic” to influence the November elections, though the use of such tactics by terrorists is an admission of WEAKNESS–(The terrorists have little power to inflict damage, so they resort to FEAR (scaring women, children and timid men).
 (Some commentators have suggested that Trump’s rhetoric will result in an attack on US soil prior to the election–thus frightening Americans who will then accept his unsubstantiated conclusions that the US is actually “threatened.”). However the election is resolved, American society has suffered from this experience in many ways. The anger, fear, discontent and the inability of the social and academic leadership to exert sufficient control over media is one reason for this. However, there are more fundamental ones.
The impact of “social media” and the immediate response capability of individuals who understand their use has bee underestimated and misunderstood by many of us. The power of these communications are as yet now capable of being measures. But until leaders of our society—party, academic, social, economic and others such as religions and non-governmental organizations—learn to use them, there unrest and uncertainty will be with us.

How that can be done, in a democracy, has always been difficult. However, modern social media technology poses a challenge like none we have ever seen. It will, hopefully, be a challenge that can be met by those who created, disseminated and control that technology and its uses. If not, SOMEONE—PERHAPS LIKE DONALD TRUMP—WILL ASSUME MORE CONTROL THAN OUR DEMOCRACY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

John H. Langer, JD, Ed.D. Retired Federal agency manger, former professor of education, public school administrator, and writer of a number of articles and publications on education, public affairs, substance abuse and social issues. In writing a book on attention and memory as it relates to education, this blog is helping to focus attention n current issues, and hopefully, add something useful as well.

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